Google will launch an own-brand Windows-less PC, most likely running Linux, or some form of it. We've heard several rumours over time that Google wants to get into the PC and / or operating system business, perhaps now these claims are finally coming to fruition.

But while it has been often claimed in the past that Google wants to get into the OS business, there's been no compelling reason given why this would be a good idea. Google's strengths are internet advertising - which is where its money comes from - and its search engine brand. Whether the latter is strong enough to translate into a very different arena - computer hardware - is open to question. Beyond any licensing fee it makes from its manufacturing partner, what's the gain?